An impressive characteristic of Dudley Shapere's studies in the philosophy of the sciences has been his dogged reasonableness. He sorts things out, with logical care and mastery of the materials, and with an epistemological curiosity for the historical happenings which is both critical and respectful. Science changes, and the philosopher had better t link philosophical standards too tightly to either the latest orthodox or the provocative up- start in scientific fashions; and yet, as critic, the philosopher must t only master the sciences but also explicate their meanings, t those of a cognitive never-never land. Neither dreamer r pedant, Professor Shapere has been able to practice the modern empiricist's exercises with the sober and stimulat- ing results shown in this volume: he sees that he can be faithful to philosoph- ical analysis, engage in the boldest 'rational reconstruction' of theories and experimental measurements, and faithful too, empirically faithful we may say, to both the direct super-highways and the winding pathways of conceptual evolutions and metaphysical revolutions. Not least, Shapere listens! To Einstein and Calileo of course, but to the workings of the engineers and the scientific apprentices too, and to the various philosophers, w and of old, who have also worked to make sense of what has been learned and how that has happened and where we might go wrong.
Date of Publication
Science: General & Reference
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science